NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Ray Lawry rushed for 194 yards and three touchdowns and Old Dominion defeated Florida International 42-28 on Saturday.
With the Monarchs' victory, a loss by Western Kentucky to Marshall later Saturday would put Old Dominion (9-3, 7-1) into the Conference USA championship game as the East Division champion against West champ Louisiana Tech. The Monarchs have won five straight games.
Lawry ran for touchdowns of 22, 2 and 24 yards and David Washington threw to Zach Pascal and Travis Fulgham for scores. The Monarchs rolled up 521 total yards.
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FIU interim head coach Ron Cooper finished 4-4 after taking over for Ron Turner, who was fired Sept. 25. Butch Davis was hired as the new head coach on Nov. 15 but Cooper finished the season.